Artist of the Month - January

The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Barbara Plummer of Midland, Michigan, and Gary Paquette of Saginaw, MI for the month of January.

Barbara Plummer

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During my lifetime, I have always enjoyed viewing other artists’ paintings whether in museums, galleries or that of personal friends.  Upon retirement, I have had more time to pursue my interests and painting was at the top of the list.  I have had no formal art training, but do enjoy taking classes at the Midland Center for the Arts and by attending workshops in the area.

I paint acrylics using thin layers of paint and a lot of glazing medium.  Paining is the tool I use to express myself and recreate fond memories.  The subjects come primarily from traveling and gardening experiences.  Most of the subjects are either landscapes or florals.

Gary Paquette

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Gary is a retired Saginaw native who enjoys finding local sources for his turnings.  Most are found within five miles of his home.

He started turning wood in 2015 when a friend was downsizing and sold him a used lathe.  He exhausted this lathe in 2016 and is currently taxing the abilities of his second lathe.  He has no formal training in woodworking.  He turns his wood free hand, using no jigs or patterns.  He works primarily in green wood, as it cuts easily and maintains more of the natural character of the wood.  This allows the piece to continue to take its natural form even after being turned.

Gary wants to thank the great woodworkers who share their tips and techniques on the internet; and his generous friends, neighbors and tree services for providing his raw materials.

Gary lives in Saginaw Township with his wife and two spoiled (and occasionally sawdust covered) Dalmatians. 

This combined art exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, during business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m., through January 31, 2019.